The Birth of Classical Europe

A History From Troy to Augustine

A work of research and imagination, The Birth of Classical Europe is an authoritative history.

By Simon Price and Peter Thonemann Read by Don Hagen History - European / Nonfiction / Social Issues English, Unabridged 14h 48m Sell Sheet
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12 Audio CDs October 25, 2016 $59.99 $47.99 9781520020464 Add to Cart
2 MP3 CDs October 25, 2016 $29.99 $19.99 9781520020471 Add to Cart
							To an extraordinary extent we continue to live in the shadow of the classical world. At every level, from languages to calendars to political systems, we are the descendants of a “classical Europe,” using frames of reference created by ancient Mediterranean cultures. As this fresh new audio book makes clear, however, this was no less true for the inhabitants of those classical civilizations themselves, whose myths, history, and buildings were an elaborate engagement with an already old and revered past. In their thoughtful look at the twin engines of memory and culture, Simon Price and Peter Thonemann show how our own changing values and interests have shaped our feelings about an era that is by some measures very remote but by others startlingly close.

"This audio book soars unhurriedly and lucidly, over vast tracts of time and space, alighting gracefully upon telling details, and marshalling impressively up-to-date archaeological finds." - The Tablet (UK)

"The book is saved from excessive, and specialized, detail in its first half by the frequent use of well-placed vignettes that enliven the text with fascinating anecdotal background...the narrative becomes truly enjoyable in the book's second half, especially regarding the Roman settlement of Britain." - Publishers Weekly

"...the authors have written an engrossing, original, frequently provocative reinterpretation of the Western heritage. Relying heavily on archaeological evidence, Price and Thonemann consider the Minoans as essential rather than peripheral to the development of Hellenic civilization. They eloquently illustrate that the "miracle" of the achievements of that civilization owed much to earlier Mediterranean civilizations, especially those of Egypt and Phoenicia. They skillfully illustrate the extent and limitations of "Romanization" under the imperium. For both scholars and amateur historians, this work will have great value." - Booklist